I focus on improving inclusion and access in the worlds of disability and sexuality. I am an engaging writer and a charismatic speaker and educator, with over fifteen years of experience covering disability, sexuality, and kyriarchy from a social justice-oriented perspective.
Social Justice-Related Teaching Experience
I have engaged with teaching through a social justice lens since 2001. I currently offer 24 workshops with a focus on disability and sexual education topics, as well as guest lectures and professional development given to diverse audiences, including medical professionals, disabled people, sex educators, sex workers, entrepreneurs, and college students, both undergraduate and graduate. As learning is an ongoing process, I am forever evolving disability-focused sex education curricula for disabled people, caregivers, medical providers, and sex educators. I also provide coaching and peer support regarding disabled sexuality to individuals as requested.
I assist with improving inclusion and access by providing accessibility audits of websites, venues, and events, and more. When I have edited video recordings for myself and others, I always provide transcription and captions. For every website and social media account that I manage, I write ALT text and image descriptions.
Navigation and Advocacy Experience
For over a decade I have volunteered as a patient navigator and advocate for systems such as health care, Vocational Rehabilitation, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Health and Human Services, and Social Security services. I provide navigation services for multiple people of diverse backgrounds through various aspects of many social services, medical coverage issues, the purchase of private insurance, and other forms of aid.
Writing and Publication Experience
Since the 1990s, I have coordinating and editing blog posts and mailing list updates. I have been interviewed for and authored articles, essays, and resource guides for various publications, both print and web. My writing has been published in several anthologies.
- The Time for Inclusivity in Sexual Wellness Is Now. Sex Expo. October 1, 2022.
Moderator: Lidia Bonilla. Co-panelists: Steph Zapata, Tatyannah King, Ryan DiMartino.
- Coping with Social Media’s Anti-Sexual Wellness Policies. Sex Expo. October 1, 2022.
Moderator: Cheyenne Davis. Co-panelists: Zoe Ligon, Lou Featherstone, Adonis BC Okonkwo, Maddox, Ashleigh Tribble.
- The Future of Sex, Toys, Tips and Tricks for a New Era of Pleasure. Sex Expo. October 1, 2022.
Moderator: Nan Wise. Co-panelists: Zoe Ligon, Anna Lee, Kristen Tribby.
- The Arc SF Speaker Series: Disability and Sexuality. (The Arc of San Francisco. February 10, 2022.)
- Disability and Sex for Providers. (Widener University. March of 2017.)
- Educating Future Doctors About the Realities of Disability. (Georgetown University School of Medicine. November of 2016.)
- Sex and Disability for Medical Students. (George Washington University. August of 2015.)
- Rare Disease Patient Focus Group. (National Institutes of Health. January of 2013.)
- Women and Self-Inflicted Violence Workshop. (Visions in Feminism Conference, 2002.)
co-panel with Erica Smith and Sara Plourde
- Teaching Medical Students About Sex and Disability. (American Medical Student Association. April 12, 2022.)
- Loose Lipped: Adapting Sexual Pleasure for Pelvic Pain. (ClitFest. March 27, 2022.)
- Teaching Peer Teen Sex Educators About Sex and Disability. (Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey. March 21, 2022.)
- Making It More Accessible: A Guide for Educators. (Sex Down South. September 11, 2021.)
- Playing It Safe(r): Technological Security For A Post-FOSTA World. (Sex Down South. September 10, 2021.)
- Fuck The Pain Away: Kink as Chronic Pain Management. (Sex Down South. September 9, 2021.)
- Fuck The Pain Away: Kink as Chronic Pain Management. (May 11, 2021.)
- Intersectionality of sex & disability. (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. March 29, 2021.)
- Making Your Virtual Teaching More Accessible, pt 4: Bonus class on accessibility. (Sex Geek Conservatory. December 28, 2020.)
- Making Your Virtual Teaching More Accessible, pt 3: Hot Seats & Coaching. (Sex Geek Conservatory. December 17, 2020.)
- Making Your Virtual Teaching More Accessible, pt 2: Technical Application. (Sex Geek Conservatory. December 10, 2020.)
- Making Your Virtual Teaching More Accessible, pt. 1: Accessible Communication and What It Solves. (Sex Geek Conservatory. December 3, 2020.)
- Making Your Online Presentations Accessible. (Everyone Deserves Sex Ed‘s Sex Educator Master Class Series. November 25, 2020.)
- “Dress Sexy At My Funeral”: Final Arrangement Preparedness For Sex-Positive People. (Shadows and Light Festival. September of 2020.)
- Playing with Disability – Modifying Play for Folks with Disabilities and Chronic Pain. (Shadows and Light Festival. September of 2020.)
- Accessing Disabled Pleasure. (The CSPH. September of 2020.)
- Playing It Safe(r): Better Practices for Technological Security. (September of 2020.)
- Making Presentations More Accessible. (September of 2020.)
- Accessing Disabled Pleasure. (Erotic Intimacy Festival. July of 2020.)
- Making It More Accessible: A Guide for Greater Inclusion. (Virtual Facilitators Toolbox. June of 2020.)
- Tools for Sex Geeks Who ≠ Tech Nerds. (Zoom for private group. May of 2020.)
- The State of Disability & Pleasure. (The Disability and Sexuality Access Network. May 6, 2020.)
- Making Way for Disabled Sex Educators. (Tufts University’s Sex & Accessibility Symposium. February 20, 2020.)
- Playing with Disability: Adapting Play for People with Disabilities and Our Partners. (Shiver. February of 2020.)
- Making It More Accessible: A Guide for Presenters. (Ducky Doolittle’s Skill Share Series. October of 2019.)
- Playing with Disability – Adapting Play for People with Disabilities and Our Partners. (Stony Brook University TNG. May of 2019.)
- Disability and Kink; Crip Time and Spoon Theory; Navigating Multiple Services While Multiply Disabled. (Widener University. March of 2017.)
- Chronic Pain, Disability, Sex, and Kink. (Widener University. March of 2016.)
- Sex and Sexuality-Based Violence: A Conversation. (Visions in Feminism Conference, 2002.)
Citations and Interviews
Print and Web
- 12 Sex Tips for Disabled People and their Partners by Cathy Reay. (Mashable. January 24, 2023.)
- Sex Expo Returns to NYC With Action-Packed Weekend by Ariana Rodriguez. (XBIZ.com. October 7. 2022.)
- Furniture Can Make Sex More Accessible–And Fun by Cierra Loflin. (Giddy. April 22, 2022.)
- What Kim Kardashian Got Wrong About Work, According to Mental Health Advocates by Meg Embry. (BestColleges.com. March 25, 2022.)
- AHRC New York City Recognizes Transgender Awareness Week by Dylan Watton. (AHRC NYC. November 18, 2021.)
- Sex Ed Lessons from COVID-19 by Lori A. Rolleri Insignares, Tanya M. Bass, and Bill Taverner. (American Journal of Sexuality Education. October 22, 2021.)
- Why Bondage Frees People From Chronic Pain by Monica Karpinski. (Giddy. March 10, 2021.)
- How Practicing Kink Helps Keep People with Disabilities Connected to Their Desires by Emmett Patterson. (The Body. November 23, 2020.)
- Spotlight on: Sex + Disability by The CSPH. (The CSPH. September 8, 2020.)
- My Body Isn’t Made for Sex Anymore: Sex & disability, an exercise in frustration by Allison Wallis. (Gay Magazine. August 13, 2019.)
- How friends, family, and food stamps help this woman with disabilities survive. by Alaina Leary. (Upworthy. October 15, 2018.)
- When Your Mental Health Ruins Your Relationship by Mark Brown. (Shortlist. September 13, 2018.)
- For Disabled Sex Workers, Congress’ Anti-Trafficking Legislation Is Life-Threatening by Cyrée Jarelle Johnson. (Rewire.News. July 12, 2018.)
- Marriage Institutions Aren’t Just Sexist — They’re Ableist And Disrespectful To People With Disabilities by Wendy Lu. (Everyday Feminism. April 16, 2018.)
- We Cannot Ignore the Connection Between Disability and Intimate Partner Abuse by s.e. smith. (Rooted in Rights. February 20, 2018.)
- SEX FILES: Make a date with these 2018 resolutions by Simone Paget. (Toronto Sun. December 29, 2017.)
- How Health Care Costs Keep Me From Getting Married by Laura Kiesel. (GOOD. June 29, 2017.)
- The GOP plan to roll back Medicaid might force more couples to get divorced by Jordan Rosenfeld. (The Washington Post. March 16, 2017.)
- Romping 50 Shades of Grey-Style? Rope in your Doctor by Simone Paget (Toronto Sun. February 21, 2017.)
- Disabled Sexuality: We’re Here, We’re Queer —And We’re Sexy! by Neve Be (Curve. May 15, 2016.)
- When you’re a woman raped by a woman by Caroline Catlin (Broadly. April 18, 2016.)
- Different desires by Neve Be (Curve. March/April 2016 issue.)
- Three MC students receive award from American Association of University Women (Inside MC. May 6, 2014.)
- Maryland struggling with technological problems with online insurance exchange by Lena H. Sun (The Washington Post. November 19, 2013.)
- Facebook Live with Peter Peterson. (September 23, 2020.)
- How I found myself || sexuality and disability, coming out as disabled, & access creation with Caz. (#Disability Talk with Bethany Stevens, episode #4. September 10, 2020.)
- Making events more accessible, part 2. (Facebook Live in private group. June 23, 2020.)
- Making your Accessibility Statement web page more accessible. (With Cathy of the Intimacy Dojo. June 7, 2020.)
- Making events more accessible: part 1. (Facebook Live in private group. May 21, 2020.)
- Self-employed on a shoestring budget. (Facebook Live with Reid Mihalko. March 24, 2020.)
- Social Distancing and Taking Your Events Virtual During COVID-19. (Facebook Live with Reid Mihalko. March 16, 2020.)
- Interview for the upcoming documentary At Your Cervix. (January 23, 2017.)
- Common Language / Clear Language
- Navigation of bureaucracy
- Public speaking
- Disability Justice
- Kink and Chronic Pain
- Social Justice
- Structural Change
Testimonials are available here.